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O Flower of Scotland: Scottishness in Outlander
Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences, Örebro University, Sweden.
2017 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The aim of this essay is to examine Scottishness in the television series Outlander, to see if it has the potential to contribute with national identities, despite being a large-scale American production which tends to present stereotypical representations. The depiction is of the Scottish Highlands in the 18th century when the Highland culture was diminished. Using a semiotic approach, I analyse visual signs and find key elements which are used to represent the Highland culture. The series is based on a romantic plot and has stereotypical elements in representing Scotland and its culture. However, I argue that despite the stereotypical representations, the ethnic group in question still can gain national emotion from the depiction. This, because of Scotland’s already romanticized history and heritage culture today. The study comes to the conclusion that a popular media representation, like Outlander, can have an impact on a nation’s identity and even politics, by reconstructing historical legends in a modern world and bringing forth a sense of belonging-ness in excess of the stereotypes accompanied.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2017. , 58 p.
Keyword [en]
Culture, national identity, nation, Scotland, England, Outlander, myth, legend
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Media and Communications
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-55123OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-55123DiVA: diva2:1070138
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Medie- och kommunikationsvetenskap inriktning Film
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Available from: 2017-01-31 Created: 2017-01-31Bibliographically approved

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